Texas Mountain Laurel Care: What Is A Texas Mountain Laurel Bush
By Liz Baessler
Texas mountain laurel is a tough evergreen shrub or small tree known for its attractive, fragrant flowers and extreme drought hardiness. If you’d like to learn more about growing Texas mountain laurels in the landscape, the following article can help get you started.
Cherry laurel, a nice shrub for hedges
Cherry laurel is a shrub as attractive in summer as it is in winter.
Key Cherry laurel facts
Name – Prunus laurocerasus
Family – Rosaceae
Type – shrub, bay
Height – 3 to 13 feet (1 to 4 m)
Exposure – full sun to shade
Soil – ordinary
Flowering – April
Foliage – evergreen
It bears nice blooms in spring and cute berries in fall.
Why Is It So Special?
In addition to being tolerant of shade, Kalmia latifolia produces exquisite clusters of delicate, fused-petal blossoms that resemble tiny origami rice bowls. When the buds burst open in May or June, the branches are virtually obscured by blooms. They can range from white to pink to deep rose and are distinctively tattooed with symmetrical maroon or purple dots or streaks. The bell-like flowers have a very unusual way of dispensing pollen. Their stamens are arched, with the tips held under the rim of the bell. When a bee or other pollinator lands on the flower, the weight of the insect releases the stamen, which flings up the pollen like a catapult.
Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii)
The Viburnum genus includes many evergreen or deciduous woody shrubs and small trees, and Korean spice (V. carlesii) is one of the most popular species for landscape use. This slow-growing, rounded shrub grows to 4 to 5 feet tall (occasionally 8 feet), with pink buds that open into white flowers in early spring. Korean spices attracts butterflies but is of no interest to rabbits. The white flowers gradually turn pale pink and have a spicy fragrance that lends the plant its common name. The flowers give way to red berries that turn blue-black by late summer. The foliage turns red/burgundy in fall, making this a shrub that offers year-round appeal. A popular dwarf cultivar, 'Compactum', is a good choice where a smaller shrub is preferred.
- USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 7
- Color Varieties: White transitioning to pink
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
- Soil Needs: Medium-moisture, well-drained soil
The vast majority of garden plants have a preference for soils described as "well-drained." This description refers to soil textures that are loose enough to allow rainwater and irrigation water to drain through without puddling, which can cause roots to rot. Ideal soil has enough organic material to hold moisture long enough for plant roots to absorb it, but it's loose enough to allow excess moisture to drain through.
Most soils, including loamy or sandy soils, are already relatively well-drained. But if you have dense soil that is high in clay content, you may find it hard to grow many plants. When this is the case, the best way to improve the soil texture is by thoroughly blending in organic soil amendments, such as compost or peat moss, before planting. As part of ongoing plant care, top-dressing the soil with additional organic amendments each year will keep the soil texture well-drained enough to nurture your plants.